ghorepani poon hill trek
At a Glance
  • Duration9 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude3210 M
  • Group Size15 pax
  • Trip Stylewalking & hiking
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best TimeThroughout the Year
Highlights
  • Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is among Nepal’s most popular and relatively easy Trek
  • Suitable for beginners with no trekking experience
  • Moderately challenging and doesn’t pose a risk of altitude sickness with the highest elevation around 3200 meters.
  • Trekkers can proceed at their own pace along the trail
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchre, Gangapurna and Annapurna South, especially during sunrise 
  • Route passes through dense forests of Rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower enhancing the beauty of the journey
  • Offers unique opportunity to experience the rich culture, and lifestyle of Gurung and Magar communities amidst the trekking adventure.
  • Meet local people and engage in their interesting conversations

Overview of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks located in the Annapurna Region. This trek applies to those people who enjoy the natural beauty and remarkable vistas of the Himalayas. This fantastic opportunity rewards trekkers with an immersive environment and pleasant atmosphere along with beautiful rhododendron forests and diverse landscapes. 
Poonhill is also a great place for stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. It is easily accessible from Pokhara Valley, and in a relatively short time, you can be amidst the mountains.
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 Exploring to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 

The road to Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is an adventure filled with natural beauty, cultural experiences, and stunning vistas, making it a memorable journey for trekkers. Typically, the trek takes around 4-5 days to complete. The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is easily accessible from Pokhara. The trail passes through picturesque villages like Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Banthati, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk.
Ghorepani, a crucial stop before ascending to Poon Hill, serves as a vital resting point. Here, trekkers rejuvenate before the exhilarating climb to Poon Hill's summit. From this point, trekkers get panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, especially during the sunrise ascent. Eventually, the return path concludes back at Nayapul, concluding an adventure ensuring an unforgettable Himalayan experience for all trekkers.

 How Difficult Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek ?

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is moderately difficult due to its elevation of 3,210 meters. It is one of the most relaxing treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal.  From Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani, the trail involves a strenuous trek up the stone stairway requiring approximately 6 to 7 hours of trekking every day to complete this significant ascent. Since the journey’s highest point is around 3200 meters, some trekkers might experience signs of Acute Mountain Sickness, but the condition does not worsen. However, it is still necessary to maintain good health to avoid any risks of Mountain Sickness.
The trek's challenge is influenced by factors like altitude, terrain, and weather conditions. Heavy rainfall, landslides, and slippery trails, on the other hand, might make the expedition difficult. To avoid getting lost, trekkers always need to remain on their trekking track. 
For travelers who wish to ease the journey, training the body to enhance stamina and endurance is recommended. Before the trek, it is recommended to engage in cardiovascular exercises and undertake day excursions involving steep hill climbs to help prepare for the diverse paths along the hiking trail. With adequate preparation and a steady pace, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers an achievable and rewarding adventure amidst the picturesque landscapes of Nepal.

Ideal seasosn for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 

The best times for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek are during the Spring season (March-May) and Autumn (September – November). This timeframe offers clear weather ideal for capturing the best views of the majestic mountains. The landscape is transformed by the stunning display of gorgeous rhododendron blossoms painting the entire landscape in shades of red. 
The temperatures remain moderate, with slightly chilly mornings and evenings while the days offer clear splendid views of the mountains. 
Summer (June-August) is unsuitable for trekking due to heavy rains, resulting in poor visibility, soggy trails, landslides, and path blockages. Meanwhile, trekking in winter (November-February) involves coping with freezing temperatures, but the reward of clear skies unveils breathtaking Himalayan panoramas for those prepared to brave the cold.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Costs 

For an all-inclusive tour, you’ll spend between USD50-60 per person per day, depending on the services you receive, the number of people in your group, food, and transportation arrangements. If you’re travelling from the capital city, Kathmandu, the charge is USD500 to USD800 per person for a 5-day trek, including transportation. Rather than hiring a private guide, travelling with a trekking group has advantages.
 
Much of the cost of the all-inclusive tour includes:
  • Airport arrival and departure
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Trekking permit, TIMS, and other entry fees
  • Trekking guide with English speaking experience and a license
  • Teahouse accommodation on the trek
  • A route map

A standard rate for both a guide and a porter is around USD50 per day. Your guide will be able to provide first-aid assistance in the event of an emergency. If you hire a porter, make sure he has the proper equipment and is insured.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is only possible with the proper authorisation. Unlike an all-inclusive tour, the trekkers must pay a relevant permit fee before the trip. You will not be able to take part in this adventure unless you have obtained a permit from:

Most trekkers will spend USD 40 per day on basic lodging and food. All the guesthouses serve the traditional Nepalese cuisine of rice, dal soup, vegetable curry, alcohol, soft drinks, and snacks priced according to the menu. For a cost of 50-100 NPR, you can refill your water bottle in the teahouse.

Trekkers need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card before starting the trek. These permits are available in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Remember, while the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is relatively accessible, it's essential to be prepared with proper gear, acclimatization, and a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trek and its stunning vistas fully. Hiring a local guide or joining a trekking group can also enhance your experience and ensure safety on the trail.

Trekkers should opt for Travel insurance as the trail passes through many remote areas. Insurance covers evacuation and any other expenses incurred due to unanticipated circumstances such as personal illness, natural disasters, political strikes, and so on.

HAT Representative will be waiting with your name plate just outside the International Airport in Kathmandu. After your arrival, we will organize your transportation to the designated hotel in Kathmandu. Spend the afternoon browsing the beautiful streets of Thamel or visit the nearby Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, we will meet for welcome dinner and tour briefing.
 

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals:Dinner

After breakfast, we will join guided tour to visit various sites in the valley - most of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get off and browse the famous Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Come back to hotel and prepare for the morning flight, drive and short trek the next day.

  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals:Breakfast

After breakfast, we will board an early flight to Pokhara. The flight will be beautiful with mountain views. Pokhara is a beautiful valley of lakes and a trekker's paradise. From Pokhara, we will drive towards Nayapul for 2 hours and start our trek from there. Trek to Ulleri is mostly uphill stair climbing and can be strenuous to your knees. Carry a trekking stick to remedy that. This will also be useful when climbing downhill.

  • Max. Altitude:2045m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Ulleri
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek to Ghorepani 2853m. This is little longer day and need to walk up for the first couple of hours steep. Banthanti is the place for the Lunch. After that, gradually climb up the forest of the Rhododendron. The stone stairs will test your climbing power as they are steep. We recommend resting at various places to avoid hurting your knee. Once at Ghorepani, you can either hike up to Poon Hill for a sunset view or just rest for the day.

  • Max. Altitude:2853m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Ghorepani
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

In the early morning ascend 40-minutes towards Poonhill (3210m). We recommend waking up around 5 am so that the sunrise isn't missed. This is the highlight of this trip that can't be simply missed. Poon Hill is the most photogenic spot in Nepal for sunrise and mountain view. Watch the sun paint the peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges to orange. It's stunning.

Later, we will return for breakfast and continue towards Deurali, Banthanti and finally to Tadapani - a 6-hour journey.

  • Max. Altitude:3210m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Tadapani
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will continue towards the Ghandruk, a beautiful village in the lap of Annapurna. Ghandruk is famous for their hospitality, the native Gurungs, their dialect, culture and home to the British Gurkha Battalion. Settle in for the day, with stunning views of the mountains up north and a beautiful agricultural settlement. Explore the local museum, conservation unit office and the rest of the village.

  • Max. Altitude:1963m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Ghandruk
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, continue south for about 4-hours until you reach Nayapul, the start point of trekking into the mid-Annapurna region. We will descend significantly so watch your knees and make sure you have a trekking stick for balance. We will reach Pokhara by the afternoon. After that, feel free to explore the Lakeside restaurants, bars, Fewa Lake itself and enjoy the rest of the evening.

  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel / Pokhara
  • Meals:Breakfast

After breakfast, we will catch a tourist bus bound to Kathmandu from the beautiful city of Pokhara. The journey itself is ranked as beautiful and most-experience by world famous travel magazines like the lonely planet. You will enjoy the journey along the beautiful Trishuli and Marshyandi River, with stunning views on your left. Be prepared for some traffic jam before you enter the valley of Kathmandu. In the evening, we will gather for a farewell dinner and share our experience.

  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
  • Meals:Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

We are back where we started in the capital city. Pack your bags and make sure you have brought some sovereigns to take back home to friends and family. Enjoy your breakfast in relief. Hiking Adventure staff will arrange your transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport according to your departure schedule.

  • Meals:Breakfast

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek one of the easiest trek and most demanded panoramic trek in Annapurna Region.We have daily departure dates are available the trekker can join either from kathmandu or Pokhara depends on your number of days for trek. 

Service Details

Includes
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin sharing basis.
  •  Private Arrival & Departure transfers
  •  Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  •  Accommodation in teahouse during the trek on twin sharing basis.
  •  Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  •  Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  •  Treks Gears - sleeping bag, duffel bag etc for the use during the trip.
  •  Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  •  Comprehensive First Aid Kit
  •  Respective region ( Annapurna) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  •  Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  •  Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  •  Warm clothing & trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket & trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes / boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks etc.
  •  Trekking map
Excludes
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee
  •  Your travel insurance of any kind
  •  International Airfare and Airport Tax
  •  Lunch and Dinner except mentioned on Itinerary
  •  All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  •  Tips to trekking staffs.
  •  Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, beverages, hot mineral water during trekking etc.
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DateJun 05, 2024 - Jun 13, 2024
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Essential Information

Packing list for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek 

  • A torch: If the power goes out in the middle of the night. To go up Poon Hill for sunrise, you’ll need a torch because you’ll be trekking in the dark.
  • Backpack
  • Water filter: Any water filter because there are various water taps along the route where you can refill water, and it is also environmentally beneficial.
  • Waterproof and sturdy boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking Poles: Sustains the climb while passing through steep terrain.
  • Lightweight mittens (Windproof Gloves): This would prevent cold freezing hands and make high altitude viewing points more enjoyable.
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Shampoo and soap: In case the lodge fails to provide these
  • Thermal Layer
  • Towel
  • Camera and portable charger
  • Mosquito spray
  • Sleeping Bag: In Ghorepani, it will get chilly, so use summer sleeping bags with blankets.
  • Waterproof/ Windproof dress (Jackets, Shirts)
  • Snacks: Prices rise as you ascend, so it’s better to stock up on hiking snacks.
  • Rehydration salts/electrolytes: Dehydration is possible at altitude, so bring some electrolytes.
  • Poncho/raincoat

    1 ) HOW FIT DO YOU HAVE TO BE FOR THE POON HILL GHOREPANI TREK?

To climb the rugged terrain of Poon Hill, you must have some physical stamina. While some amount of physical fitness is essential, you must be able to stand and walk every day for a minimum of 5 hours several days in a row. Your fitness level will primarily determine your daily trekking time. The Poon Hill journey follows a well-worn trail throughout. Even if you are not in your prime fitness, there is a lot of stone paving between villages with the big stairs (Tikhedunga to Ulleri) that you must be comfortable with.

    2) WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE POON HILL GHOREPANI TREK?

During the pre-monsoon season (March-May), the weather is great, the sky is clear, and it isn’t too cold. The summer months (June to August) are warm and enjoyable for a Poon Hill trek. Because summer in Nepal coincides with the monsoon season, it is prudent to prepare for the possibility of rain during this time.

Apart from Spring, Autumn (September to November) is another ideal season for hiking. The weather becomes colder and windier. During the winter, temperatures on the walking route to Poon Hill might drop below freezing in certain spots. However, the temperature rarely dips below freezing. So don’t be afraid to go trekking in this area if you’re eager for an icy adventure.

3) WHAT TO DO ABOUT DRINKING WATER ON THE POON HILL GHOREPANI TREK?

With the establishment of the drinking water project in 2020, Ghorepani now has abundant water sources. However, to prevent any contamination or purity issue, a supply of sterilising tablets, such as Milton tablets or Aqua tabs, can be stocked. These tablets or drops are sold in packs and contain the appropriate chemical dosage to purify water adequately. Many experienced hikers also bring Pump Water Filters. Another option is to get your reusable water bottle, which you can refill in the teahouse for a fee. Polycarbonate disposable bottles are prohibited because they are not recyclable.

  4)WHAT LOCAL SUPPORT IS THERE ON THE POON HILL GHOREPANI TREK?

People in the villages are pretty friendly. Local people who own tea houses have generously offered their homes to trekkers passing by. Even a porter and a guide are on hand to assist you. They are medically trained and will carry your bags and assist you with essential communication. If trekkers plan to campaign outdoors, the porters will help you set up the campsite for the night. They can even handle the main rucksack and attend to the entire group’s needs.

 5) DO YOU REQUIRE A SLEEPING BAG ON THE POON HILL TREK?

Although the lodge and teahouse offer a certain comfort level with well-equipped supplies, some trekkers prefer to campaign in the open air. So, if the trekkers intend to campaign, they will need a sleeping bag. A sleeping bag will serve as a protective barrier on chilly nights.

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